Kurdish War: May 6, 2004


In southeast Turkey, police killed six PKK rebels over the last two days. Three PKK men were killed when an anti-tank mine they were planting near a bridge went off. A "village guard" was killed when several PKK members fired rockets at a Kurdish village. The Turkish government still has 50,000 Kurdish civilians on the payroll as armed guards in villages that, in the past, had provided support for the PKK gunmen. Groups of PKK gunmen come into Turkey, from their camps in Iraq, each spring to launch attacks on Turks or pro-Turkish Kurds. Not many PKK men come these days, perhaps a few dozen. Most of the hard core PKK are dead, and Turkish police and troops know most of the routes across the border and are out looking for the PKK each Spring. 



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